Ashley Graham is Sports Illustrated's first plus size model

Ashley Graham has made history after being unveiled as the first plus size model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated magazine's annual swimsuit issue.

Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham has become the first plus size model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated.

The 27-year-old beauty - who is said to be a size 16 - has made her debut for the magazine in their annual swimsuit issue, showing off her curves in a tiny black string bikini.

The campaign pictures Ashley turning the heads of three male models as she strolls along a poolside in the skimpy swimwear and is accompanied by the hashtag #CurvesInBikinis, which is meant to empower voluptuous woman to show of their figures.

The brunette beauty said: "I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too.

"There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt."

Ashley - who has also modelled for Glamour, Latina, Harper's Bazaar and Elle in the past - has previously spoken of her desire to help women feel comfortable in their own skin and penned a letter to Net-A-Porter's The Edit last month encouraging them to love and take care of their bodies no matter what size they are.

She wrote: ""I think that you can be healthy at any size and my goal is to help and educate women on that.

"It doesn't matter if you're a size 2 or 22 as long as you're taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself, 'I love you' instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards."

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